Find Out How Much Money Your Favorite 'American Idol' Finalist Will Make! It's Not As Much As You Think!

Thu, May 13, 2010 1:04pm EDT by 4 Comments
Courtesy Of FOX

Courtesy Of FOX

Winning American Idol comes with a lot of perks, but not a ton of cash.

True, it is a springboard to instant name recognition and fame but the winners and runners-up aren’t necessarily raking in the big bucks, according to contracts obtained by TMZ. All three Idol finalists — Casey James, Crystal Bowersox or Lee DeWyze — could walk away from this competition with a six-figure record deal… but it will be a far cry from the millions we imagined they’d rake in.

According to the contracts, the Idol winner gets $175,000 when they start recording their first album and another $175,000 when they deliver that album. Here’s the cash breakdown for all subsequent albums (don’t forget, when you sign with Idol, they own you AND your music for the first 6 albums!)

Second Album: $275,000 – $550,000

Third Album: $325,000 – $650,000

Fourth Album: $375,000 – $750,000

Fifth Album: $450,000 – $900,000

Sixth Album: $500,000 – $1 million

The runner-up also gets $150,000 upon starting their album, and another $150,000 upon delivery. Just like the winner, the runner-up is compensated on a sliding scale for all subsequent albums. As for the third place winner? Well, they’re usually lucky just to get signed and avoid a fate of singing at wing bowls and graduation parties.

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mindy

Posted at 2:43 PM on May 17, 2010  

Casey DOES NOT need to get a hair cut! His hair is gorgeous and he is so talented.

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Foliar

Posted at 8:01 PM on May 15, 2010  

I just want Lee to win.
and besides I really think Casey needs to get a hair cut.

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shar40

Posted at 3:40 PM on May 17, 2010  

well I think Lee needs to get his teeth fixed. So you know they are not perfect. Lee has needed somehthing done to his teeth since he started. When he sings he does not open his mouth very wide and I think that is why. He has gaps in the sides of his teeth.

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Sugar

Posted at 3:57 PM on May 13, 2010  

Crystal needs to lose the face piercing pronto!

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